Gas Saving Tips 5 - Use Less Gas And Save Money
by Doug Smith

You have probably heard theses gas saving tips from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), and whoever taught you to drive. Yet very few people actually bother to implement them.

Why is that? Are people tired of hearing them? Have these gas saving tips been said so many times that people tune them out? Well, you are going to hear them again in this series of articles, along with the reasons why they DO work!

Gas Saving Tip #9: Unload The Roof Rack And Carrier

Don't use your car's roof rack for more than very short trips. Cars are designed with a certain aerodynamic profile. Anything extra on the outside of the car creates wind resistance and makes the engine work harder.

Avoid a clamp-on roof carrier if possible. This creates extreme wind resistance worse than a loaded roof rack. The roof carrier acts like a sail. This is good for boats, but bad for cars.

At normal interstate speeds, you are driving much faster than normal wind speeds. In effect, your car is creating the wind. If you've ever put your hand outside the car window at interstate speeds, you know how much force the wind puts on your hand. You also know which way that force pushes your hand: backwards!

A roof carrier acts like a sail that tries to push you in the opposite direction. Once again, the car uses more gas to overcome that push in the opposite direction. Save gas by transporting items inside the car if possible, or by borrowing an appropriate vehicle.

Using the car roof to carry cargo reduces fuel efficiency by up to 5%.

Gas Saving Tip #10: Name That Tune-Up

Give your engine a tune-up according to the schedule in your owner's manual. Your engine is designed to work best at certain conditions. If these conditions are not maintained, engine performance will suffer.

If you plan to run a marathon, do you train for months beforehand, or do you just show up at the starting line? Of course you train for months. That is your "tune-up." Your can reach the same peak of athletic ability simply by spending a short time in the shop getting a tune-up.

It is estimated that a properly-tuned car can increase gas mileage by up to 4%. On the other hand, not giving your car a tune-up means you are paying up to 4% more for gas!

As gas prices go higher, the need to save gas and save money on fuel is greater than ever. More gas saving tips can be found at the website below.

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